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No More ‘Mayberry by the Bay?’

New Development Plans Unveiled

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Neglected Horses Saved by Local Vet Story Page 3

Area Man Dies of Breast Cancer Story Page 19

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Thursday, June 16, 2011


Owings Family Thanks Neighbor For Saving Their Home, and Lives Lightning first struck a tree, then ignited a storage shed during the severe thunderstorm that passed through our area the morning of Friday, June 10 at around 1:30 a.m. Homeowner Cheryl Emery of Mary Ann Drive in Owings thanks her neighbor of 25 years, Ronnie O'Bier, for alerting both her family and the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department. “I gave him a big hug the next day,” Emery says. “He left the scene that night before I could thank him.” But the next day, she tracked him down and showered him with thanks. “With the intense heat and proximity of the fire to our house - had he not banged and banged on our front door, yelling, until he was sure we were up - well, we probably owe him our lives!” Emery adds. She also credits O’Bier for the quick response from firefighters. “He asked his wife, Vicki, to call the fire dept (NBVFD) before he approached our house. He saw the flames from his house and ran right over,” Emery adds. O’Bier says ever since he was a little boy, he has not liked thunderstorms. The strong one that rumbled through our area that night woke him up, so he went to the refrigerator to get a bottle of water. That’s when he saw an orange glow through his kitchen window, then the flames shooting 35 feet or so into the air. He immediately sprang into action. Since it was so hot that night, Emery says she and her two daughters were sound asleep with the AC cranked up and fans running, so they had no idea that the roaring flames were licking at their home. The siding on that side of their house is melted, the

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The Town of North Beach has seen many plans for developing its waterfront along the boardwalk on Bay Avenue from 3rd to 5th Streets. The newest set of blueprints has a hotel/convention center back as the anchor, along with a row of new restaurants. Get all the details on page 12.

Firefighters were on the scene within minutes, thanks to alert neighbor Ronnie O’Bier, which Cheryl Emery believes saved their home.

roof and window scorched. Thanks to O’Bier, firefighters made it to the scene within minutes to extinguish the blaze and save the Emery house. However, the large storage shed and all its contents were destroyed.


Ever dreamed of being a soldier on the battlefield? Living history re-enactment is a growing hobby throughout the US, and a new chapter is forming in our area to link those interested in history with others. Find out more on page 5.

Cheryl Emery with neighbors Ronnie O’Bier and his wife, Vicki, whom she calls, “My heroes – along with the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department!”

Flames from the fire had already begun melting the siding on the Emery house when the NBVFD arrived.

North Beach Buys New Beach A contract has finally been reached for North Beach to purchase an additional beach on the Chesapeake Bay, north of the town. Town Council on Thursday, June 9 approved the purchase of the property, to be known as the Walton BeachNature Preserve, from the Walton family after years of negotiations. The purchase price was $155,000, and it will be a

Washington DC TV station Channel 9 came out and did a story on it. Scan the Current code on your smart phone, or go to their web site www.wusa9. com and search for Emery.

cash deal, paid out of the town’s ‘rainy day fund.’ Town Attorney John Shay says the contract stipulates that no r e sid e nt ia l MHIC 41770 or commercial structure can be built on the . 1990 st E property. He os • Porches eb az G • ks dec added that Custom Sun vements the town has no interest in building on it, and it will Home Impro be retained for citizens to enjoy and for use with the Corps of Engineers to alleviate flooding in that part of town. Shay added, though, that one day it could be Dunkirk, MD used as a public beach, and fees could be charged, vendors could be set up there, and a pier built in the future if the town so wished.

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Brandon Greening, a local UPS deliveryman who coached the Huntingtown Hornets, has died at age 38 of a very rare disease for men: breast cancer. We honor this remarkable man who dedicated the last years of his life to raising awareness in hopes of saving others on page 19.

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months. Days End is accepting donations. Huntingtown Vet Linda Molesworth shows one of the wounds on Cinderella, a See their web site at for more Another Chesapeake Current Exclusive three-year old Polish Arabian that she’s treating. “Cindy” was one of nearly 150 information. starving horses seized from a breeder on the Eastern Shore. Molesworth says two of the horses Three of the almost 150 starving horses seized by brought to her farm here in Calvert County authorities at a well-known Arabian breeding farm on the are recovering well, although they are still Eastern Shore have been accepted by a local veterinarian. painfully thin, with protruding ribs. Linda Molesworth, V.M.D. who owns Bay Equine Peggy, the brown horse, pictured below, Service at Fresh Meadows Farm in Huntingtown tells the gained 50 pounds in the first three weeks, Chesapeake Current that she felt she had no choice but to Molesworth says. accept the animals. “She’s 25 years old, and we figured she’d Canterbury Farms in Centreville had been monitored be a difficult one to get someone to adopt,” for six months by Queen Anne County humane officers, Molesworth said. However, a local woman in who finally moved in last month as conditions deteriorated. the local equine community who heard about Six of the first horses removed had to be euthanized. A few Peggy’s plight has offered to take her once she days later authorities removed another 136 horses. It’s be- is fully recovered. lieved to be the worst such situation in Maryland history. The gray horse, Cinderella, who is just According to the Philadelphia Enquirer, all were ema- three years old, has not gained any body ciated - some were 300 pounds underweight - with over- weight yet but is eating just as much as Peggy, grown hooves, riddled with parasites and skin diseases. and her vital signs are strong. They also had to live outside with no shelter. “I tried everything I could as a veterinarAt one time, Canterbury was the largest breeder of Pol- ian for a week to save the third one. Then one ish Arabian horses in the U.S. Molesworth says she was told morning she went down, and didn’t get back up,” Moles- some wounds on her face that she’s treating, “But some of the others were so much worse. There were foals that actuthat the economy had taken such a toll that the owner could worth says. ally had halters growing into their heads. And many of the no longer afford to feed “These horses have mares were pregnant. Fortunately, ours were not. And they them and care for them. bloodlines that are very were all starving. I heard it was just awful, just awful.” They were placed with Karen Stockman, office manager with Bay Equine good genetically, and many Service at Fresh Meadows Farm in Huntingtown Molesworth adds, patting Cindy, “These two are going Days End Farm Horse Reswere breeding mares,” she to be fine.” leads Peggy, another Polish Arabian seized. cue in Lisbon, MD, which is says. “But it is very expenPeggy has gained 50 pounds in just three weeks. reaching out to the equine sive to keep horses, espeSome local children have organized a fundraiser to community for assistance. cially that many.” raise money to help Days End Farm with expenses for The Humane Society of Cinderella, or Cindy as taking in the starving horses. See that story on page 15. the United States is helpMolesworth calls her, has ing, but rescuers say it could cost $1 million to care for the horses in their first six

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Cancer Gala Coming Up Honorary Co-Chairs Named

Nam Knights Honored by Legion

Members of the Nam Knights Motorcycle Club, made up of Viet Nam-era veterans who came to Washington DC for the annual Rolling Thunder event, were honored again at the American Legion in Chesapeake Beach. Members of the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department and the Marlboro Fire Department brought out two fire engines and hoisted a huge American flag between them, creating a patriotic arch over the driveway. Stallings-Williams American Legion Post 206 then honored the Nam Knights at a picnic. The motorcycle group was formed to remember and honor vets, MIAs and POWs. Photos by Chip Norris

Calvert County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Saturday, June 25, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Appeal Landfill, 401 Sweetwater Rd., Lusby • Acids • Adhesives, glues, epoxy products • Auto and floor care products • Brake fluids • Cleaners (ammonia, drain cleaner, oven cleaner, etc.) • Explosives (ammunition, fireworks, flares, etc.) • Fertilizers, weed killers • Fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides • Gasoline • Kerosene • Lighter fluid • Medicines • Mercury (thermometers, thermostats, switches) • Oil-based paints and polyurethane • Paint strippers (incl. acetone, toluene) • Paint thinners (incl. mineral spirits, turpentine) • Photographic chemicals • Pool chemicals • Science chemicals • Solvents • Stains • Varnish • Wood preservatives (incl. creosote, deck sealer) • 2-4-5 TP silvex • 30-, 50- and 85-gallon containers without prior approval • Asbestos products • Dioxin • Ketones • Infectious waste (needles, syringes, etc.) • PCBs • Radioactive materials (incl. old glow-in-dark watches, old smoke alarms) Note: Latex paint is NOT hazardous; it may be disposed of with trash once it has dried.

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The Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa will host the 30th Annual Cancer Crusade Celebration of Life Gala on Thursday, August 4 from 7:30-10:00pm at the Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant. This annual event has raised millions of dollars for the American Cancer Society through event tickets sales and corporate sponsorships. “This is a spectacular, giant cocktail party which we strive to improve upon in every aspect each year. Our goals are to exceed everyone’s expectations at each Huntingtown resident and TV weatherman Doug Hill, shown with event and to eventually see can- Mary and Gerald Donovan, will co-chair this year’s Cancer Gala. cer cured,” says Gala Host Gerald Starting in 1946 as the Rod ‘N’ Reel Donovan. Restaurant and Marina, the Resort has Having lost their father to cancer, grown to become a premier waterfront desGerald, the former Mayor of Chesapeake tination location for both land lovers and Beach, and his brother, Fred, owners of the boaters who want to have a quintessential Resort, began the Cancer Crusade Celebra- Chesapeake Bay experience. Gerald Donotion of Life Gala in 1982 to celebrate life van states, “Having the 30th Gala during and raise money for cancer research and our landmark Anniversary year makes this patient programs. event that much more of a celebration for us The first event raised $5,300, and since and our guests.” then over $4 million has been raised for the Plans for the 30th Annual Gala are cause. geared to wow guests with a fantastic eveThe Donovan’s, including Gerald’s ning of local Chesapeake Bay seafood, and wife, Mary, host about 2,000 people each other inspired cuisine, desserts, open bar, year at the event. Nearly half of the money live music and dancing inside and out unraised for the event is generated through der the stars on the beautiful Chesapeake corporate sponsorships, and their efforts Bay waterfront. to keep the event a financial success have This year, the Honorary Co-Chairmen also resulted in an increased awareness for for the event are Doug Hill, “Washington’s the American Cancer Society’s initiatives most accurate and entertaining TV Weathin cancer prevention, early detection, re- er Forecaster” and Monumental Sports & search, and patient programs and services. Entertainment Founder and Chairman, Ted Last month, the Donovan’s were hon- Leonsis. Both Chairs hope many will atored with the American Cancer Society’s tend the event this year in memory of loved Award of Excellence for Income Develop- ones who lost their fight with the disease and in celebration of those who have surment for the South Atlantic Division. The 30th Annual Cancer Crusade vived cancer. Advance tickets are $125 per person Celebration of Life Gala is taking place during the Chesapeake Beach Resort & and $150 per person at the door. Tickets Spa’s 65th year of business, something the may be purchased at any Calvert County Resort has been celebrating all year long Community Bank of Tri-County branch, with special events, new restaurant menus the Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant, or online at and unique hotel and Marina packages.

Pirates Converge on North Beach It was a motley crew for the last Campfire on the Beach with a pirate theme. Sheila Poole told kids about the real pirates who used to terrorize the Chesapeake not too long ago! The next Campfire on the Beach is Friday, June 17 @ 7:00 p.m. Come to the beach for a campfire while roasting marshmallows and telling children's stories. 5th Street & Bay Avenue on the Boardwalk, North Beach.

Re-Enactors Get Organized By William Poe

history for about ten years, then actually trying to get in the living history community for When I arrived at the about a year. It’s been kind of difficult.” It’s a hobby that can be wide-ranging. Prince Frederick Library Re-enactors typically choose a time period for the Living History Association’s Meet and Greet they are most interested in, and learn as much program, I was curious to as they can about life during that time, whethlearn more about this up- er it’s Middle Ages, Renaissance, Colonial start program founded by America, various wars or some other time sisters Elisa and Jennifer period. Often, they travel throughout the U.S – and some even the world – to participate in Miller of Owings. I was not sure exactly what ‘Living His- events. Many create period outfits or obtain tory’ actually meant, but the Millers wasted actual clothing from that time, along with antique weapons, implements and accessories no time in giving me a class in LHA101. “Living history is the aspect of a per- to make the experience more complete. The Millers first became interested in sonal portrayal. It’s about the civilians, it’s the more ‘in detail’ aspect of reenacting,” reenacting during one of their visits to GetJennifer Miller told me. “Reenacting is por- tysburg in 2001. “We talked with re-enactors on the traying a time in history. It’s re-lived as, perhaps a battle. You see a battle being portrayed battlefield, and since then we’ve been visiting in front of you and you go as close as you can, battlefields and historical landmarks,” says Elisa. “Our motivation for LHA is to help as the are as close as they can possibly be.” “However,” continues Jennifer Miller, museums gain more programs to get the pub“living history is more personal, a lot of lic involved in living history.” As for her sister’s motivation, “The goal times. When you go into living history museums, Historic St. Mary’s is one that is a good is to get the untold stories of the men and example of living history and it’s basically re- women who lived during the difficult times ally doing not an event or a moment. It’s just in history.” It has been with the help of the local oreveryday life, typically. Most people portray the soldier life. There’s a lot of people like ganization, Circle of Angels, that the Millers Elisa and I that really want to go into the ‘be- were able to get a Meet and Greet underway. hind the stories’ like how people lived, what The purpose of this June 4 meeting was to they did in everyday life, not just in the war get local folks involved in the planning for the 2012 Remembering World War II event. time but in a more broader sense.” Founded by Roseanna Vogt of FriendI was immediately impressed not only ship in 1999, the Circle of Angels is a 501c3 with what the budding organization aspired to create in the community, but with the fer- faith-based community initiative committed to public service in policy and advocacy vent passion the women have for LHA. Elisa Miller quickly picked up where her for innovative approaches to empowering sister left off. “What we’re pretty much try- people. “Whatever initiatives we take up are ing to form is a living history association that goes through different time periods, depend- about doing something that makes a differing upon who’s interested in what, and then ence in someone’s life, doing something that we will try to help everybody that wants to do makes them feel important and connected. living history, connect them with regiments We want to eliminate poverty and that means and the living history reenactment commu- spiritual poverty as well as mental poverty. nity, with museums, seeing which museums LHA is one way to achieve that goal,” Vogt have a living history opportunity for every- says. “We will support the LHA for as long body of all ages. I’ve been interested in living as that support is needed. We will be a part of it, helping to plan an agenda, attending the meetings, letting other people know about it, and giving the people who want to be a part of it the opportunity to lead.” To find out more about the Miller’s Living History Association endeavor and/or get involved, check out their website www., which links re-enactors with a number of other groups nationwide. Also, I highly peArea re-enactors include Wes Stone (World War II), and Jackson Ireland (War recommend of 1812), who are actively helping get the new Living History Association off rusing Roseanna the ground. Vogt’s Circle of Angels at www.


Left to right: Jennifer Miller, Roseanna Vogt, Elisa Miller are founding a new local Living History Association. and visiting her web site to learn more. The next event that’s coming up is their annual World War II USO Remembrance Day (USO Night), which is free and open to the public. It will be held on the boardwalk pavilion at Solomons Island, on August 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This musical history event salutes those who trained at the Solomon base during WWII. USO Night commemorates what civilians did for the troops during WWII. At the event, you

can expect to swing to original music from recordings from the era and live performers. These include Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Somewhere over the Rainbow, Ac-cent-tchuate the Positive, Comin’ In On a Wing and a Prayer and the other big band sounds of the era. There will be a wreath-laying ceremony. About the Author: William “Billy” Poe is a homeimprovement contractor who lives in Dunkirk and is a published author, poet, essayist, and documentary photographer. Among his credits is the book, “African-Americans of Calvert County.”

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LOCAL NEWS By Nick Garrett

A variety of interesting matters with local effect are at the center of many kitchen table discussions as we enter another blistering June. High school graduations and commencement addresses send our best and brightest off to college and to fill their minds with knowledge for the future, politicos are all abuzz with local Central Committees on the State election redistricting process, and some seat changes could be on the horizon in our local government that may usher in a new era of governance. However, a dark pall overshadows much of public service right now. We can’t help but be drawn to further disappointment as we learn of the recent shameful activity of several congressmen, elected officials serving Washington, D.C., and those of officials just up Route 4 in Prince George’s County. Congressman Anthony Weiner of New York, a newlywed of one year, and with a pregnant wife, was allegedly soliciting and participating in, well… shall

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Scandals Bring Us All Down

we say events of an erotic nature online involving his namesake and was caught in a Twitter. Unfortunately, in today’s society, adultery is not uncommon; however, should we not expect more from those we elect to serve in public life, regardless of which party they’re in? House Majority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, a Republican, has called for Weiner, a Democrat to resign. Clearly a political gesture, considering that the now majority leader Boehner was serving in Congress during the sex scandal of his colleague Bob Livingston. Livingston, a Republican, withdrew his chance to replace Newt Gingrich as Speaker of the House and resigned, a speakership that Gingrich at the time endorsed. But let’s not forget that Republican Gingrich, who is now considering a run for president, had two marriageending affairs. And another one-time presidential hopeful, Democrat John Edwards, a oncepromising Senator from North Carolina, was indicted this month by a grand jury on six felony charges. If convicted, Edwards faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine for using large sums of money to keep his mistress, Rielle Hunter, in hiding during the peak of his 2008 campaign for the White House. He admitted that she later give birth to his daughter. His wife,

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Elizabeth was battling cancer at the time. Last month, another high-profile scandal broke after Maria Shriver walked out on former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) after 25 years of marriage. The news following that was that Arnold fathered a son with a housekeeper. While we’re talking scandals, also coming to mind are Florida’s Mark Foley, a Republican, and his penchant for inappropriately targeting house pages, and Louisiana Senator David Vitter, who replaced Bob Livingston, after his scandal ascended to prostitution problems of his own, in time. I can’t recall Senator Vitter formally being asked to resign by his party, either! In fact, just last week he had a $2,500 per head fundraiser in D.C., correction, $2,500 for individuals and $5,000 if you are a PAC (Political Action Committee). It sure is comforting to know that for a low, low price we can get public servants to look out for our interests in Washington. Following an election season where Democrats were punished at the polls for an agenda that was clearly anathema to the will of large numbers of Democrats, scandals like these and that of New York Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel, who was convicted on eleven ethics violations, certainly will not help to secure a recovery of seats in 2012. It makes you question the protection Congress members enjoy from incarceration while in office. Beyond these ethics issues, even though adultery happens every day, do we need to continue watching all this further poison our government and blind our children to decency? Unfortunately, problems plaguing public service right now do not end nationally. Look at what’s happening close by! In Washington D.C., allegations have been made by former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown toward Mayor Vincent Grey and several on his staff accusing them of paying him off and promising him a government job if he would continue making public slams on the then incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty. Further, DC councilman Harry Thomas Jr. is currently under investigation for using public funds designated in part for a local children’s ball field for his own trips and an SUV. And let’s not even get into the record of former Mayor and current councilman Marion Barry. Unfortunately, those storm clouds even extend just north of us in Upper Marlboro surrounding former County Executive Jack Johnson who on May 17 pleaded guilty to extortion and witnessand evidence-tampering. His wife, Leslie has declined to step down from the PG County Council even though evidence seems to scream guilt and point to her participation as well. So what is wrong with politics and our “leaders” today? Are we as voters

not paying enough attention to matters of government? Have we tainted the pool of candidates with popularity, charisma and money over true substance? There can be no doubt that we are the electors of such chicanery. Our second President, John Adams, before he was even in the Continental Congress, wrote in his “Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law,” that “liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge of the people who have a right from the frame of their nature to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understanding and a desire to know. But beyond this they have a right. An indisputable, inalienable, indefeasible, and divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge. I mean, of the character and conduct of their rulers”. It seems to me that Republicans and Democrats have finally found common ground in an overall lack of ethical standards and sense of personal accountability as public servants. They truly are working in a bipartisan way in that shameful regard. I say enough! We have burdened our children already with $14 trillion in debt. Can we not at least offer them hope and moral security? Every generation has desired to leave America better for the next generation then it was for them. A few role models today would be nice, a few stand-up leaders that care more for honest service than petty personal benefits. Our votes reflected a party switch in the last election. Perhaps in 2012 our approach should be to vote for only new names and people we have never heard of, or that enrage us with brutal honesty and things we don’t like to hear. I understand that our elected officials are human beings and that sometimes circumstances lead us where they may. However, I do not think there is anything wrong with expecting elected officials to conform to a higher standard of behavior and accountability, nor are corruption and temptation new monsters. However, it would be nice to purge those ills from our national and regional identities. In the same essay, Adam’s went on to say: government is a plain, simple, intelligent thing founded in nature and reason, quite comprehensible by common sense. The true source of our suffering has been our timidity. Let us dare to think. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write. Perhaps it is time to revisit some old ideas and create a new spirit of patriotism to attack these problems and get back on track. About the Author: Nick Garrett is the owner of The Garrett Music Academy in Owings, a published author, and has served and continues to serve on various boards and commissions in Calvert County. He is also a State Senate legislative aide for District 29.




What’s Down the Road?


By Susan Shaw President, Calvert County Board of Commissioners Commissioners are often asked about roads. Re c e nt ly, North Beach Town Councilperson Ken Wilcox called to ask me about 5th Street, north of the town limits in a stretch that’s in Calvert County jurisdiction. He reported that speeding is a problem on 5th Street. The County’s initial response was usual: to put a digital sign that displays the speed vehicles are going on the portion of 5th Street in question to alert the public to their speeding behavior. Many times familiar roads are traversed at a higher than required rate of speed with little awareness. Hopefully, that awareness will cause us to slow down. The next step is increased enforcement. A few speeding tickets usually slows offenders down. A word to the wise is sufficient. If neither of these steps works, the Bureau of Public Works for Calvert County will look at the road alignment, at signage, and at other means of calming traffic. A last resort might be a speed camera installed to slow drivers down in a school zone. We have a lot of types of roads to be concerned with around here. There are town roads, County roads, and State roads. State Roads are numbered such as Route 4 or Route 260. All of these entities that benefit from federal highway funds use the same Uniform Traffic Safety Manual. Their decisions are not arbitrary, but must conform to national safety standards. However, they can share the criteria on which they base their decisions. Some solutions for slowing down traffic have unintended consequences. For example, a speed bump can generate a lot of noise, as can rumble strips. Both increase snow removal costs and complexity. Traffic calming is a science of its own. There are standardized criteria for guardrails and for streetlights. Homeowners can arrange for their own streetlights at a reasonable rate from the utility company when the criteria are not met for a publicly funded streetlight. Many times, the way County staff becomes aware of a particular problem is be-

cause a constituent called or emailed to alert us. Signage on roads is another topic of frequent discussion. The State Highway Administration (SHA) has strict rules for signage on state roads. SHA determines if a sign is warranted and can be placed in the state highway right-of-way. SHA signs are standardized. An example is the golfer symbol on a sign for a golf course. Another example is the grapes symbol for a winery. Signs on County roads require a permit. If the sign is in a town center, there are town ordinances and an architectural review committee made up of local residents who weigh in on the design. A committee is currently taking a comprehensive look at all County signage regulations to make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). Despite these austere economic times for government, the County is continuing to make our roads safer. Work will be underway soon on Boyds Turn Road from Route 261 to the Anne Arundel County line past the entrance for Windy Hill Elementary and Middle School. The work will be done in two phases. Right of way acquisition is complete followed by utility relocation prior to phase one of the two-phase project beginning. This road is narrow with no shoulders, sheets over with ice in winter, and has poor alignment, with the school’s entrance being hidden. Many other projects are currently in he works as well. - In Huntingtown, Wilson Road ranks high in fatal accidents. Alignment will be corrected at Wilson Road and Allday Road. - Farther south, the intersection of Route 231 and Williams Road at the College of Southern Maryland will be made wider and safer with more lanes starting very soon. - A study of a second road into St. Leonard is planned. - Armory Road in Prince Frederick is becoming part of the Prince Frederick loop road with alignment addressed and a new, straighter section of road called Chesapeake Avenue approaching Dares Beach Road. Right of way acquisition has been steady and is almost complete. Utility location is being addressed. Building or correcting a road is a long and expensive process with safety a top priority for use of your tax dollars.

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Beach Man Sentenced in Child Porn Case Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow in Greenbelt sentenced Lawrence Francis Robinson, age 31, of North Beach to 78 months in prison, followed by supervised release for life, for distributing child pornography. According to Robinson’s plea agreement, law enforcement learned that Robinson engaged in four online chats with an individual on December 31, 2007 and January 1, 2008 in which they exchanged over 21 images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of prepubescent boys. In one chat, the individual requested that Robinson resend videos of the rape of young boys, which Robinson did do. On November 5, 2009, FBI agents interviewed Robinson who admitted using chat programs and receiving videos from people he met online. Agents seized Robinson’s laptop, which contained seven images and three videos of child pornography. Robinson stated that he had used a webcam on occasion when chatting with people online and had met five males in person whom he initially met from online chat. On December 14, 2009 a search warrant was executed at Robinson’s home. Agents seized a computer containing 683 images and 57 videos of

child pornography, the overwhelming majority of which depicted young males aged 15 and under. Approximately 10-20 of those images involved toddlers. Agents also seized a flash drive containing an additional 18 images and 15 videos of child pornography. Robinson was again interviewed and indicated that he had shared child pornography through peer-to-peer software on his computer. Chief Judge Chasanow ordered that upon his release from prison, Robinson must register as a sex offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). According to the FBI’s web site, this case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

Fatal Crash on Route 2


Anne Arundel County Southern District Police officers responded to the area of Solomons Island Road South and Harwood Road for a report of a single vehicle crash on June 3, at approximately 12:43 a.m. The initial investigation revealed that a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup truck was being operated south on Solomons Island Road just prior to the intersection with Harwood Road when the vehicle drifted off of the right side of the road for an unknown reason. Once off the road, the Ford entered into the grassy median in the 4400 block of Solomons Island Road, continued south in the grassy median and then into the southeast corner of the Southern High School parking lot. The vehicle eventually

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struck a chain link fence and a tree before coming to rest in a small, wooded area just south of the school parking lot. The vehicle subsequently caught fire after striking the tree. The Anne Arundel County Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire, which enveloped most of the vehicle. After the fire had been put out, it was found that the vehicle contained an unidentified male subject and a dog; fire personnel declared both dead at the scene. Due to the fatality involved in the crash, the Traffic Safety Section was requested to assume responsibility for the investigation. Preliminarily, it appears the crash was caused by driver error. At press time, the man’s identity had still not been released.

Calvert County Sheriff’s Department Reports: Destruction of Property

Someone caused $2,000 worth of damage to a hayfield on Huntingtown Road overnight between May 26 and 27 when they drove on it creating a “doughnut” like pattern. Dep. Y. Bortchevsky is investigating. An unknown suspect(s) caused $150 in damage to a truck parked outside a home on N. Flint Hill Road in Owings during the day on May 28. The driver’s side window was broken and the driver’s side door was scratched. Anyone with information is asked to contact DFC R. Kreps at (410) 535-2800.

Bicycle Theft

Trooper First Class Johns responded to the 9200 block of Atlantic Ave. in North Beach for a reported theft on May 27 at 9:15 p.m. An unsecured 26-inch Hunter Beach Cruiser blue and white bicycle was stolen from the victim’s porch.

State Police Barrack U Reports: Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle

Trooper First Class Saucerman responded to the 11500 block of Southern Maryland Blvd. in Dunkirk in reference to an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on June 1 shortly after 9:00 a.m. A 2002 Tan Ford Explorer was removed from the victim’s residence without permission. Raymond E. Goode, 46, of Owings was found operating the vehicle in Dunkirk and was arrested. He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Destruction of Property

Trooper First Class Merkelson responded to the 3100 block of Solomons Island Rd. in Huntingtown for a reported destruction of property on June 4 shortly before 8:00 a.m. The victim’s Dodge Caravan’s back window was broken and two passenger side tires were punctured. The investigation continues.

It’s Mid-June and Bottom Fishing is Heating Up... By Bob Munro Every month brings Bay fishermen another opportunity. The run of Black Drum is essentially over and now Croakers and Norfolk Spot, both close relatives of the Drum, and moving into the mid-Bay area. Early reports have been very promising, with some charter boats reporting decent catches of Croakers in late afternoon over near Sharps Island Light. Normally an evening feeder around this part of the Bay, Croakers put up quite a battle on light tackle. It’s probably a good thing that Croakers don’t get much larger than 18 inches or so, or we’d never get them to the boat! And Spot are beginning to show up in their normal haunts such as the Choptank River mouth and “The Diamonds” east of the main shipping channel. Both Spot and Croaker are good table fare and their return to our area is always welcome. With the return of Spot, many boats put away their trolling rods and switch to live-lining Spot to catch Rockfish. You need a live well or cooler filled with aerated water to hold a good number of Spot (six inches is a perfect length). Even though the Rockfish creel limit is two per person over 18 inches (other restrictions apply), you’ll need 5-10 times that many Spot for a variety of reasons to catch a limit of Rockfish. Livelining Spot on light tackle for Rockfish has been a season highlight now for a number of years, virtually replacing chumming as a technique. Unfortunately, last year the Spot fishing was very much hit or miss, and without Spot you might as well stick with trolling gear to catch your Rockfish. Trolling for Rockfish continues to produce good results on both sides of the main channel. Small bucktails (2 oz.) trimmed with 5 or 6 -nch shad, Drone spoons (#2 with flash scale), and 6 inch Storm Shad behind umbrella rigs continue to produce good catches. In a couple more weeks, however, anything with a plastic tail will soon be chopped off by Bluefish. Blues are moving up the Bay quickly and they’ll be in our backyard in numbers very soon. We’ll talk more about Bluefish next time. You’ve all heard the expression “up the creek without a paddle.” Well there’s an outfit in town called Paddle or Pedal that provides paddles with their kayak and canoe rentals so you have no excuse. Gary Weeden, owner of this and another location in Annapolis, provides a variety of kayak styles for “sit-in” and “sit-ontop” kayaking up Fishing Creek or paddling a short way out to the open Bay. Just let the staff know what you’d like to do and they’ll recommend just the right type of craft. They have all the safety equipment you’ll need and staff members Bob Field and Bob Kennedy thoroughly explain the do’s and don’ts of paddling to ensure that you remain safe. They have a cool launch chute that makes it a snap to hit the Creek effortlessly with barely a ripple left behind.

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Kayaking is a great way to explore the twists and turns of Fishing Creek which runs a number of miles inland from the Paddle or Pedal facility at Rod ‘N’ Reel Marina West, just above the bridge in Chesapeake Beach. Marsh grasses are bright green now, and you’re bound to see herons and egrets, among other marsh denizens, as you paddle along, if you’re quiet. You’ll also get a fish’s eye view of the new Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail that parallels Fishing Creek for hundreds of yards and crosses the Creek via two bridges along the way. Some of you might recognize the “Island Girl” Deanna Dove shown here in an ocean style kayak near one of railway trail bridges over Fishing Creek. Paddle or Pedal is open Thursday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. through Labor It's not always about catching fish when you're out on the Chesapeake. Check out these Day. You can reach them by calling (410) 991- guys and gals who were part of a recent charter group. You can't tell from the photo 4268. They’ll help you put together a guided that their entire group caught limits of Rockfish, but there's no question that their day on the Bay was certainly a blast! group kayak excursion to hunt for fossils or photograph wildlife or create your own adventure. And they also offer bike rentals for you landlubbers. Many of us are eagerly awaiting the opening of the railway trail boardwalk this summer. Your bike will sure come in handy for exploring the trail. Don’t forget - the season’s first Moonlight cruise aboard the “Miss Chesapeake Beach” is scheduled to set sail Saturday, June 18 at 7:30pm from the Rod ‘N’ Reel dock. For more information, visit the Town of Chesapeake Beach’s website ( or click on the quick code. And in North Beach, you can “Cross the Bay for a Day” to Tilghman Island and St. Michaels. The next town-sponsored cruise is scheduled for July 6. For more information, visit the Town’s website ( . Have a question about Chesapeake Bay fishing? Send your questions to “” and we’ll do our best to get you an answer. Don’t catch ‘em all, Bob Munro About the Author: Bob Munro of Chesapeake Beach has been a career research biologist for the US Fish & Wildlife Service. At one time or another, he has visited every river entering the Chesapeake Bay from the Susquehanna Flats to Hampton Roads. An avid fisherman, he’s fished the mid-Chesapeake since the mid-1980s.

Deanna Dove chooses to paddle up Fishing Creek in Chesapeake Beach at Paddle or Pedal.

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Meet Eric Franklin

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other and he himself not resting until he has made a difference each day. “I am fulfilled when I have helped someone reBy Brian McDaniel gardless of recognition for it,” he says. Franklin spent many years working for other compa“Good business starts with good nies while putting the business plan from his own company together, and says he spent countless hours at night, after character.” – Eric Franklin work, building his own business. It sounds like a neat packHere is a gentleman who embodies age that worked out perfectly, but Franklin says he found what success really is. Meet BBG board doors were closed, money was tight and his ventures weren’t member, Eric Franklin who lives in Owings. always successful. Through it all, it was the motivation of Franklin is the President and CEO of making a difference that would help him see his entrepreERIMAX, Inc., of Dunkirk, an SBA 8(a) and MD MBE neurial vision to fruition. I asked about his youth and about the challenges he (Minority Business Enterprise) certified corporation developing innovative “outside-of-the-box” solutions through ac- faced. He said that it wasn’t a matter of doors being closed quisition program management and information technology or even being a minority. Instead, it was more about finding services. Since the company’s establishment in 2001, ERI- the right mentors. Growing up in Richmond, VA and havMAX has assisted many government agencies including the ing parents who weren’t entrepreneurs made it difficult, but Department of Defense, U.S. not impossible, to think outside-of-the-box. He was taught Air Force, U.S. Army, Cen- to work hard and to take pride in whatever he chose to do. sus Bureau and many others. That advice and his different ways of thinking helped him What does that mean? Frank- through high school, college and even today as he leads ERIlin is a problem solver who gets MAX, Inc. Though he makes it clear that he understands that busiresults. He is an amazing business ness is about making money, he also wants to point out that owner and an inspiring per- it’s what you do with the money that defines you. He explains that when he hires someone he feels an obson. What is success and how does Franklin measure it? His ligation to take care of that employee’s family, and by providresponse: people helping each ing employment for this person, he is ultimately doing just that. Recently, Franklin was selected as the 2011 Leading Edge CEO of the Year. This award by the College of Southern Maryland recognizes individuals and businesses that stimulate economic growth in the tri-county area. He says when he was contacted about the award he was honored; especially since he never expected to receive any Eric Franklin, CEO of ERIaccolades for something he did for the love of it. Winning MAX, Inc. the CEO of the Year award, he says, was a reminder that sleepless nights and 24-hour Log home rental on peaceful Sleepy Hollow Lake workdays are paying off. He will receive that award in a Hedgesville, West Virginia (Eastern Panhandle) Reserve your Fall / Winter 20 11 vacation now!

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ceremony in WalEric Franklin of Owings, dorf on June 22. When FrankSouthern Maryland CEO of lin looks back on the Year, and Sneade’s Ace his youth and reHome Center, Business of members some of the negativity, he the Year, will be honored remembers that he June 22 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 never focused on it. Instead, he used p.m. at the Greater Waldorf it to drive him even Jaycees Community Center further. “One of the during the Leading Edge struggles young people who want Awards Ceremony sponsored to start a business by the College of Southern have trouble with Maryland. Contact Keri Field is focusing on the negative rather than (301) 934-7550 E-mail: kerif@ rising above it,” for ticket and says Franklin. He goes on to sponsorship information. explain that there’s a misconception because young people think that owning a business means you have money, and that’s why many people hesitate even trying to start their own company. He covers all of these challenges and provides solutions in his “Getting Past Go” seminars. There is so much to learn, Franklin says, and he grasps the teaching moments he finds in his everyday life. His drive, focus and rock-solid integrity leave an impact on our community, small businesses and young people, who will one day be our leaders, can learn a great deal from him. This article only scratches the surface of the incredible talents and accomplishments of Eric Franklin. I encourage you to learn more about him by visiting his website at www. About the Author: Brian “Crow” McDaniel is the owner of Crow Entertainment, LLC. He serves as one of three Ethics Commissioners for the Town of North Beach and is part of the communications team for the Bay Business Group (BBG).

Benton Becomes Bob Burg Consultant Local business professional Mike Benton of North Beach has joined forces with critically acclaimed teacher and speaker, Bob Burg, also co-author of “The Go-Giver”, to receive the designation of a Certified Bob Burg Endless Referrals Consultant. He will represent locally the Bob Burg system of Endless Referrals, a proven method of personal business development and marketing. Benton joins a global team, headed up by Bob Burg, and will be offering workshops and seminars, keynote pre-

sentation services, individual coaching, business group coaching, lunch and learn presentations, masterminding, sales training, tele-seminars and company strategy packages, along with a variety of products to enhance the learning process. In doing so, Benton is available to assist local businesses in reaching their true potential through innovative networking and sales techniques. For more information, visit www.

Beach Seeks Vendors The first annual Bay Harvestfest will be held on Saturday, September 10. The Town of North Beach is currently seeking vendors specializing in, but not limited to: handcrafted items, antiques, bakeries, wineries, plants, or local produce. Applications are being accepted from vendors and artisans who would like to display and sell their products. Spaces are 10 feet wide by 12 feet deep and are $125 per space. Interested vendors may contact Stacy Wilkerson by calling (301) 855-6681 or emailing

Real Chill’s Warm and Fuzzy By Clare O’Shea

have been getting our electrical power from Dominion Power in Virginia for some time, Since I have been selling ads for the and saving money. Oh, it’s not a lot, maybe Chesapeake Current and meeting local $15 per bill, but over a year that’s enough to folks, business owners all, I have noticed buy a new pair of shoes!” Rentz continued,”You a certain unusual phenomneed to check it out, online, enon, at least, to me. I am Pepco in VA/DC, DelMarreferring to a particular Va Power in Delaware, and reticence to toot your own Dominion Power in VA. horn around here! Compare their rates.” I guess it’s because With raised eyebrows, of my many years in show I asked her another one business in LA and NY, of those ‘duh’ questions, where self-promotion is “How often do we really considered a way of life, have to change the air filter that this shyness I have in our home heating and air experienced with some conditioning unit? Does it people is shocking! really make a difference?” Since February, I’ve “Yes,” she replied, come across this sev“Change it every two eral times, this reluctance months, especially in the around here that some have heavy weather.” And that’s to even discussing their advice from someone who obvious positive traits, his- Robert and Evelyn Rentz knows, folks. It does make tory (family or business), a big difference. that I believe would make good stories for When Evelyn initially gave us her our readers here in Northern Calvert and confidence by being one of our advertisers, Southern Anne Arundel County. For instance, one lovely lady I’ve she said, “I’d like to attract more customers met is Evelyn Rentz. She and her hus- in Northern Calvert.” I said, “Well, we can band, Robert Rentz own Real Chill Heat- do that for you. And I think your neighbors ing and Air Conditioning in Deale. I liked would like to know you, too!” She then added, “I am in the office and her immediately. She was direct and very pleasant, professional and had a quality of Robert’s in the field. It’s my job to meet the elegance to her demeanor. I have been try- customers’ needs there. When someone is ing to get her to allow me to write an article dealing with a problem or emergency, even about their business for some time, since on a holiday, they deserve to get service right away, not after the weekend! I know we like to showcase our advertisers. Evelyn and I had lunch a few weeks how they feel and I make it my business to ago at South County Café in Deale, both make sure we respond as soon as possible!” I thought, I am not at all surprised. of us having girly salads. I suggested that her neighbors might like to know who is That’s just the way I experience you, Evbehind that adorable penguin in their ad. elyn. And I am sure our readers will appreciate meeting the folks from Real Chill She hesitated. So, I asked her for her advice. I said, one day also. It’s a locally owned company “What is this deal from BG&E, Pepco, and with a great reputation. Hopefully your air conditioning units SMECO? In their mailings, they suggest will survive this summer. But if they don’t, that we could save money by getting our energy directly from one of the out of the Real Chill is your best bet for fast, reliable area power suppliers. Is this a good idea? Is service. there a down side here?” About the Author: Clare O’Shea is an Account RepShe answered, “No! No down side resentative with the Chesapeake Current. at all! It’ a good deal! My husband and I

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BUSINESS Herrington Expands Beach, Offers Massages The freshly renovated Inn at Herrington Harbour has just finished expanding its private east beach, providing the perfect stay-cation experience. While the kids build sandcastles in the sand, the grown-ups can melt away their stress with a rejuvenating, therapeutic massage on the beach, poolside, or in your room. Contact Linda Chartrand at (410) 202-1766 or LindaChartrand.LC@ Guests can also enjoy movies on the beach every Saturday evening this summer.

Go Local Event Scheduled The Maryland Wineries Association is developing three events that celebrate all things local, thanks to a specialty crop grant from the USDA. Pairing local produce, local chefs, and local wine, “Eat•Drink•Go Local” is an innovative interactive Farmers' Market that encourages restaurants to start using more locally grown ingredients on their menus, shows locavores how to prepare seasonal recipes, while also introducing foodies to local wine. Among the events that day: -Farmers will be given the chance to sell local produce -Local Restaurants/Food Purveyors: can show dishes and products made with locally grown ingredients to locavores. -Chefs can promote restaurants while performing cooking demos of recipes featuring seasonal, local produce in front of a targeted audience Eat•Drink•Go Local North Beach is a one-time event on August 13 from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. on 5th St., Bay Avenue, and 7th St. Mark your calendar!

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Build your business through networking at these local business events: The next monthly meeting of the Bay Business Group is Wednesday, July 20 at 8:30 a.m. at Herington on the Bay in Rose Haven. For more information, email or visit the BBG web site at The BBG’s next Speed Networking event will be Monday, July 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Friday’s Creek Winery in Owings. Make connections and help each other at Full Speed! This is a really fun event, and a great way to learn who you can help, and who can help you! Contact John Stutzman to RSVP. Phone: (240) 344-5080 email: jstutz4biz@ The Business After Hours Mini-Expo will be Thursday, July 14 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Calvert County Fairgrounds Administration Building. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your business as an exhibitor, or plan to attend and discover the diverse array of Chamber businesses, all under one roof! Call the Chamber office at (410) 535-2577 for details. The SAACC Invites You to the next Business After-Hours Mixer hosted by Christopher Dillon, CPA in Edgewater on Tuesday, June 21 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Cost: $10 for members w/RSVP, $15 for members at the door, and $20 non-members. Enjoy an evening of networking with fellow chamber members, refreshments, 50/50 raffle, door prize drawings and much, much more. For more information, call (410) 867-3129.

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New Development Plans Unveiled

a broken femur and other serious injuries suffered in a fall from a ladder at the building he’s constructing at 7th By Diane Burr and Chesapeake Avenue in North Beach, is A new hotel and convention center are optimistic this will revitalize the town. Russo says the Phase I of the developback on the drawing board for downtown North Beach. Scores of condos would be ment would be on the vacant lot at 3rd Street replaced by a total of 48 townhouses. These and Bay Avenue, owned by Van Metre of are the new plans that are being unveiled for Burke, VA. The previous plan for the 3rd Street the prime waterfront lots along Bay Avenue that have been vacant for decades. Develop- property, where the old Calvert Hotel used to ers say they hope to break ground by the end stand, called for a square brick monstrosity, built practically to the sidewalks, somewhat of the year. Developer Ron Russo, owner of RAR resembling the looming complex in Parole Associates of North Beach, says he knows that you can see for miles as you approach this major development will forever change Annapolis on Route 2. Van Metre allowed the landscape of the town, but it’s for the bet- the permit for that development to expire ter. Russo, who continues recuperating from without breaking ground. The new plan they took before Direct Bay Front Community - Boat Slip the North Beach Marina – Private Pool/Beach/Tennis Court Planning Com45 min. Commute to DC/.Alex. mission is for 12, Gorgeous Home Has 3/4 BR's, FP, three-story town4 Decks, Garage & so much more. homes, 16 feet wide, ranging from CALL NORMA today! 1,800-2,000 square Norma Robertson feet, and each with Your Beach Realtor its own 12 foot Office: 301-855-8108 back yard/patio/ Cell: 301-518-8930 outdoor space, then a detached garage. RE/MAX 100 Real Estate 10425 Southern Maryland Blvd. Each would be a Dunkirk, MD 20754

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fee-simple home, on its own lot, with the peaks of the roofs up to 38 feet high, considerably lower than the previous plan. The planning commission unanimously approved the initial site plan, for the new development. The next phase is to work out the designs, and determine what the townhomes would actually look like. Learning from the The proposed 212-space parking garage where the old motel/apartbuilding now stands on Chesapeake Avenue would have winmistakes made with the ment dows, lush landscaping, and not look like a typical garage. Southwinds building at the other corner of 3rd and a kinder, gentler, more reasonable developBay, Van Metre spokesman Roy Barnett ment for 5th Street, consisting mostly of said none of the balconies in the new town- high-end, Key West-style townhouses in houses would be smaller than five feet deep. pastel colors. Only about a dozen condos in the However, the newest plans for this site, Southwinds building have been sold, leav- which is currently used as a commuter parking the rest of rental, or vacant. ing lot, were presented to the North Beach Around the corner at 5th Street, hotel Planning Commission by Ron’s wife Bobby, is back on the drawing board, but this time their daughter Elena and son Mark. it’s significantly scaled back from previous The development would be anchored on plans. the south side of 5th Street by what they are At one point, developers were hoping calling the North Beach Resort and Convento close 5th Street between Bay and Chesa- tion Center facing the water. Behind the hopeake Avenues and squeeze in a towering tel/convention center would be townhouses. six-story hotel complex along with hunThe bottom floor of the 22,000 square dreds of condos. They faced significant foot complex, which would be raised eight pushback from the community. feet or so because of flooding problems, That was then. This is now. A year ago, RAR Associates outlined Continued On Page 14


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a market for these, for people who want to be in this area.” Across 5th Street, in the vacant lot next to the Bay Walk condos, would be a total of 18 Continued From Page 12 units built by Van Metre. Down from 50 in previous plans. would be a restaurant row, each with outdoor patios, overlooking the beach and Fronting Bay Avenue would be eight “two over two” condos with two stories, with anChesapeake Bay. On the second floor would be flexible other ten townhouses built behind, facing meeting space, which Elena Russo says 5th Street. The planning commission suggested could be used for weddings and receptions, conventions, corporate meetings, fashion that the bottom units of the units along Bay shows, performing arts performances, and Avenue be commercial and/or retail storefronts, which Van Metre is reportedly now academic events. A small hotel with 30 guest rooms seriously considering. Russo says Barnett has indicated to him that when the project would occupy the third and fourth floors. “What we hope to do is to make this goes before town council, Van Metre will town successful year-round,” Russo tells the be willing to make that modification to Chesapeake Current. “Here’s an opportuni- bring more prime business locations to the ty to have meetings and events 12 months a town. The old horseshoe-shaped motel/ year, which is what we really need to sustain apartment building on Chesapeake Avenue all other businesses.” Behind the hotel, 18 townhouses would between 3rd and 5th Streets would be raised be constructed, two rows of nine units, half to build a 212-space, four-level parking gawith bay views. The previous plan included rage to accommodate the increased visitor a community pool, but Russo says that fea- traffic. The plan is for this pay to park facilture has been removed. These townhomes ity to be operated by the town. Russo says would be larger than the Van Metre town- he has plans to make it look like another houses at 3rd Street, each with about 2,400 residential building with attractive windows (see photo), so it does not look like a square feet of living space. Russo also tells the Chesapeake Cur- typical parking facility. With so many grand plans already rent, “Nine of them will not have water views. But look at Old Town Alexandria. scrapped over the years, many are wonThere are million dollar houses there and dering: are these just more ‘pie in the sky’ they don’t have water views. What they have dreams? No, Ron Russo insists. He says he’s fiis the right location, the right ambiance, the right landscaping and I think there will be nally ready to build. “I’m liquidating assets to raise about $9 million dollars in cash, so I don’t have

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to get a bank loan,” he says. His mixed-use building at the corner of 3rd and Chesapeake is now on the market for sale along with other properties to raise the funds. And the project itself is on the fast track. He tells the Chesapeake Current that he expects to go back before the planning commission July 14, and present the plans to the town council in August or September. He says marketing could begin in September, and building could start begin before the year is out. Mark Russo says he sees social marketing and developing apps for smart phones as critical success factors in marketing the North Beach Resort in the future, using Gaylord’s National Harbor as an example. While most residents who saw the presentation agreed that the new designs are much more thoughtful than the previous ones, some are still wondering if it’s still too much for tiny North Beach. “I’m concerned this will ruin the character of our little ‘Mayberry by the Bay,’ ” commented resident Merle Blair. “Every lot along the waterfront will be developed. We’ll be dodging the buildings to try to get a glimpse of the water. I think some open space should be preserved, for those of us who live here and love it.” Lolete Barlow, another resident, said, “I hate for us to lose our small-town atmosphere. This will change the complete landscape of North Beach.” “It’s too dense,” another resident commented. “I see us going from a small town without even one stoplight to traffic jams.” About the Author: Diane Burr is the founder and executive editor of the Chesapeake Current.


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Dear Editor, One cannot help but to notice the sad trend among some of our youth lately. I am disheartened and troubled to read weekly police reports of teens being involved with various crimes in our area. It is my sincere hope that these young people will begin to know what an important role they have in the future of our community, and our country. Children that learn the value of volunteerism and humanitarian acts are those that are confident, caring, and productive members of society. These children are learning that they can indeed make a difference, however small or large, in the world around them. I am amazed daily with a specific group of young people in our area. I am a riding instructor at a local horse farm and am privileged to work with some pretty incredible kids. While preparing for an upcoming Horsemanship Clinic, I heard a news report on a major horse rescue effort in Queen Anne County, MD. There were approxi-




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mately 150, YES 150, starving Polish Arabian Horses being rescued. The images were heartwrenching, to say the sure of the part they play in the least. Some of them world around them, I say find were humanely euthasomething you feel passionately nized because help arabout. If you like to sing, go to a rived too late for them. senior home. Bring joy to a perIt made me think of my son that loves music. If you love wonderful students. But animals, volunteer at any of our it also made me think of local animal shelters. Maybe you the troubled teens in our really love horses. It feels far betarea; would help arrive ter to help someone or something too late for them? that needs you, than not to. I decided to do An event was held on Saturevery thing I could to day, June 11 at Hampton Horse make this a teachable number of Rosie Wynne-Meador’s riding students helped organize a fundraiser at Farm on Flint Hill Rd. in Owings. moment for at least the A Hampton Horse Farm in Owings on Saturday, June 11 to help care for the abused Even if you don't know anygroup of kids I knew horses. Pictured left to right are: Zachary Richardson, Dunkirk; Ray Harris, Lusby; Kayla thing about horses and wish to be I could reach. I made Richardson, Dunkirk; Alisa Elsner, Dunkirk; Christa Hill, Owings; Sarah Meador, Chesaa part of our effort, let us know by the suggestion to my peake Beach; Mackenna Hill, Owings; Jordan Culkins, Dunkirk; Grace Meador, Chesaemailing If peake Beach; and Emma Hill of Owings. students that we inyou’d like to donate, go to www. ideas were flying off the shelf! Let's sell hot corporate a fundraiser dogs and hamburgers! Let's sell some baked for these rescued horses with our upcomWe had lots of good food, delicious ing clinic. These kids wanted to help! The goods! Hey, we make hand made jewelry - we'll sell that! We decided that all of the baked goods, including treats graciously proceeds from our fundraiser would go di- donated by Sweet Sue's Bakery in North rectly to the care and rehabilitation of these Beach, and lovely hand made jewelry ofhorses, which over just a six-month period, fered by some pretty amazing kids in Calwill be close to one million dollars. This is vert County. Allowing our children to volunteer and a great and immediate need, and one these Fighting back against cancer by parkids are willing to volunteer their time for. make a difference in the world around them ticipating in Relay For Life has helped me I could not be more proud of my students. teaches them something that will stay with to carry on in my mother’s name. Doing They will certainly learn that they are in- them forever. something tangible makes me feel like I deed a part of the bigger picture - that they Rosie Wynne-Meador can be the one to inspire hope for someone can make a difference. Chesapeake Beach else along their own journey with cancer. For the youth in our area that are unHelping others by giving them information on cancer programs, etc has helped Owner and Executive Editor: Diane Burr me heal. As I am touched daily with the Publisher: Thomas McKay spirit of giving, from our community, Associate Publisher: Eric McKay it still breaks my heart every time I hear Graphic Artist: Angie Stalcup another person share their story that they Office Manager: Tobie Pulliam have cancer. We need to find a cure and Advertising: Northern Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel Counties: you can help. Clare O’Shea, Jonathan Pugh, and Diane Burr. Did you know that $10 donation will For advertising rates and more information, email: buy two wigs that will be given to two peoFor news, email: ple that need to look good and feel better Phone: (410) 231-0140 during their treatments, a $5 donation will Visit us online at: provide that miracle researcher two petri The Chesapeake Current and friend us on Facebook.! dishes to develop that cure. You can make P. O. Box 295 • North Beach, MD 20714 a donation online here: www.relayforlife. (410) 231-0140 Contributors: org/calvert. Published by Southern MD Publishing I encourage anyone who has been Clare O’Shea Jenny Boyles P.O. Box 250 • Hollywood, MD 20636 touched by cancer and needs to find hope William “Billy” Poe Nick Garrett 301-373-4125 or wants to bring hope to others to particiJonathan Pugh Jay Lounsbury pate in the Calvert County Relay For Life Susan Shaw Brian McDaniel on June 17, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at HalNorma Jean Smith Bob Munro lowing Point Park. Join me, as we band together united to eliminate cancer. Light a The Chesapeake Current is a bi-weekly news magazine for residents of Northern Calvert and Southcandle or torch for your loved one. Hope ern Anne Arundel Counties. We focus exclusively on these communities: Chesapeake Beach, Deale, to see you there. Dunkirk, Friendship, Huntingtown, Lothian, North Beach, Owings, Rose Haven, Plum Point, Shady This year we are honored to host the Side, Sunderland, Traceys Landing, and Wayson’s Corner. Cancer Prevention Study and are looking for participants from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 The Chesapeake Current is available every other Thursday at about 100 high-traffic locations throughp.m. If you have never had cancer and are out our target area, including post offices and libraries. between 30 – 65 and you want to eliminate In this issue, there are no authorized inserts. Please contact us if you find any inserts because we will cancer, please come. 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Come to the Relay for Life To the Editor: Everyone has been touched by cancer in one way or another. When you ask cancer survivors or their caregivers what helped them get through grueling treatment or even the loss of a loved one, most can answer in one word: hope. While in treatment, cancer patients may hope for strength during treatment or for a lifesaving cure. When faced with the loss of a loved one, caregivers, family members and friends search for hope that others won’t face the same cancer or that they can find emotional healing as they grieve. More than three million people in the United States from 5,000 communities have found hope by participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Often, newly diagnosed patients or caregivers of someone recently lost to cancer are invited to a Relay For Life event not knowing what to expect. Many say that from the moment they set foot on at a Relay For Life event, they discover a community of people who know what they’ve been through. It’s that sympathy and support that brings the hope needed to move toward healing. I was one of those people when I attended my first event 12 years ago. When I first lost my mother to lung cancer, I struggled to cope with overwhelming grief. I was sure that no one else could understand my loss and was searching for ways to enjoy life without her. At the Relay For Life of Calvert County, I saw other families gathered around luminaria bags that illuminated the track. In them, I saw people who had found a way to find hope again. They found that hope by uniting with others to fight back against a disease that had brought so much pain.

Sincerely, Paula Rosnage Proud Chair Calvert County Relay For Life

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Ernie Brown, 83

from 1981 until retiring from the newspaper business in 1995. He was a member of the Union Mailer’s Local 29, an active member of the Optimist Club of Calvert County where he held numerous offices including twice holding the position of Maryland/ South Delaware Governor. Ernie was also a former member of the Greenbelt American Legion and a current member of the Huntingtown American Legion Post 85, and the Deale Elks Lodge 2528. In his leisure time Ernie enjoyed crabbing, sports, travel, camping, and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. He also held a lifelong interest in Drum Corps International. Ernie is survived by his wife, Patricia D. “Pat” Brown of Deale; daughters Cathie L. Behneman of Wildwood, NJ and Terry D. McCormick and husband Daniel of Riley, Kansas; a son Kenneth A. Brown and wife Cynthia of Fairhaven, MD; grandchildren M. Ryan, Dana C. and Cara N. Behneman, Colleen E. Gibson, Megan D. Raymond, Shawn M. McCormick, and Emily G., Sarah R. and Andrew J. Brown; greatgranddaughters Alexandria B. Raymond and Allison M. Gibson; a sister Ida Mae Chewning of Palmetta, FL and brother Andrew J. Brown, Jr. of Palos Verdes, CA.. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled funeral arrangements. Funeral services were held at First Lutheran Church of Calvert County, in Huntingtown. Memorial contributions in Ernie’s name may be made to the Maryland/South Delaware Optimist’s Childhood Cancer Campaign at: MDSD/CCC, P.O. Box 2422, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Carol Deiso, 67

Carol Anne Deiso, age 67, of Owings, died on June 2, 2011, surrounded by her loving family after battling Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) for many years. She was born on September 19, 1943, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Leonard and Helen Patrick. She was the beloved wife of James Deiso, whom she married on March 13, 1985. They moved to Calvert County in 1999 and fell in love with the area. She was a communicant of St. Nicolas Lutheran Church in Huntingtown. Carol graduated from Brookfield High School in 1961 and spent two years at Ripon College. After relocating to Maryland, while raising her two children, she became involved with the schools and community of South Bowie. While living in Prince Georges County, she created fine pottery and participated in mid-Atlantic craft shows and had a space at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. While living in Crofton, she spent several years as a real estate agent for Merril Lynch Realtors and Prudential Realtors, where she enjoyed helping families purchase homes. Later she happily worked side-by-side with her husband at their transportation company, Beltway Transportation Service in ForWhere Life and Heritage are Celebrated estville, MD. A twotime breast cancer survivor, she also struggled with arthritic chalAffordable Funerals, Caskets, Vaults, lenges. This did not slow Cremation Services and Pre-Need Planning her down as Family Owned and Operated by a homemaker Barbara Rausch and Bill Gross and in her long passion for gardening,

William Ernest “Ernie” Brown, 83, of Deale, formerly of Beltsville and College Park, MD, passed away June 8, 2011 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. Ernie was born May 14, 1928 in Washington, D.C. to Andrew Jackson and Ethel Mae (Perry) Brown. He was raised in Southeast Washington and graduated from Anacostia High School in 1946. He entered the US Army in 1946 and served on active duty until 1948. He remained in the US Army Reserves, and was called to a second tour of duty from 1950 until 1951. He married Patricia Dawn Myers on November 3, 1950, and they lived in Southeast Washington, D.C. Ernie attended Strayer Business College in the District and received degrees in business and accounting. He was employed as an accountant with numerous automobile dealerships in the Washington area. He also began a career in the 1940’s as a union mailer with the former Washington Evening Star newspaper where he worked until the demise of that paper. He then worked as a mailer with the Washington Post

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the arts, decorating and creating special memories for her family. Her talents in the kitchen made for many wonderful holiday celebrations and all her family, friends and neighbors will miss her cookie baking talents, particularly at Christmas. She is survived by her husband James Deiso, her brother, Thomas Patrick of Phoenix, AZ, and children Jon Hansen of Alexandria, VA and Lisa Hansen of Baltimore, Jim Deiso of Bastrop, TX, Tina Fincher of Mechanicsburg, PA, and Gina King of Edgewater. She is also survived by six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many other family and friends. She is also survived by her dear cousin Jane Manke from Lodi, WI. An earlier marriage to Kenneth Hansen ended in divorce. Lee Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements. Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to St. Nicolas Lutheran Church, 1450 Plum Point Rd., Huntingtown, MD 20639.

Bill worked as a civil engineer for various construction companies. He later owned and operated Delmay Construction Company and later was a consultant operating his own engineering company. Surviving are his wife Nancy D. Drury; children William L. Drury and his companion Susan Bowles of Owings, Robert E. Drury and his wife Michelle of St. Leonard, and Teresa D. Steer and her husband Rory of Centennial, CO, grandchildren Michael, Kimberly and John Drury. He was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Hilley. Rausch Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorial contributions made be made to: Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 or online at

Peggy Ellis, 81

William Drury, 77

William Clifford Drury, age 77, of Owings died May 26, 2011 at his home. He was born December 28, 1933 in Brentwood, MD to William Bernard and Catherine (Sword) Drury. The family moved to Washington where William received his education and graduated from Eastern High School in 1951. He later attended George Washington University majoring in civil engineering. Bill was in the US Army serving in Korea from 1956 until being discharged in 1958. He was married to Nancy Tilson in District Heights on September 3, 1960. They resided in Washington and Prince Georges County before moving to Owings in 1972.

Peggy Lou Ellis, age 81, of Huntingtown passed away May 24, 2011 at her residence. Peggy was born March 2, 1930 in Logan, West Virginia to William R. and Hester Pearl (Bennett) Avis. She was raised in Logan and married Wayburn Kyle Ellis, and they resided in Switzer, WV until moving to Maryland Park, MD in 1960 and to Huntingtown in 1971. Peggy was a homemaker and daycare provider, and enjoyed watching children in her home. Peggy was preceded in death by her husband Kyle on July 12, 1988. She is survived by a daughter Patricia K. Di Lodovico and husband Camillo, and by a son William R. Ellis, all of Huntingtown. She is also survived by a sister Joann Hansen of Waynesville, Missouri. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements. Expressions of sympathy in Peggy’s name may be made to the Burnett-Calvert Hospice House

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Michael Lee, 61

William Jones, 94

William Jones, 94, was born December 8, 1916 and passed away June 02, 2011. Visitation and funeral services were held at Mt. Gethsemane Holiness Church on Ponds Wood Road in Huntingtown. His final resting place is Ernestine Jones Cemetery on Dalrymple Road in Chesapeake Beach. Funeral arrangements were handled by Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick.

Jerry King, 56 Robert Jerome King Jr., “Jerry”, 56, a resident of Lothian for two years and a former longtime resident of Crownsville, died May 19 at the Prince George’s County Hospital in Cheverly after a brief illness. He was born Jan. 7, 1955, in Maryland, to Robert Jerome King Sr. and the late Shirley Mae Lowman King, and worked as a heavy equipment mechanic with George M. King Contractors. He was also employed with Leo’s Vacation Center, Halle Enterprises and Agg Tran Trucking. He was an avid Baltimore Ravens and NASCAR fan. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph “Juby” King. In addition to his father, he is survived by four children, Josh King, Robert J. King III, Ashley King and Breanna King; three siblings, Richard King, Heather Sargent and Colleen Petrillo; and stepmother, Ruth King. Hardesty Funeral Home handled arrangements. Interment was at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Cemetery in West River.

Michael Alfred Lee, 61, of Huntingtown passed away on May 26, 2011, with his family by his side at Calvert Memorial Hospital. His final days were spent surrounded by family. Mike was born in Alexandria, VA on February 6, 1950 to his late parents James Alfred Lee and Audrey Ruth Lee. He is survived by his devoted wife of 38 years, Teresa Lee, his children, Daphne Inman, James Lee and Christine Lee, and sisters, Michelle Shifflett and Audrey Lee. Mike had a special ability to put a smile on everyone’s face. His hobby was to make those around him laugh and to lighten even the most difficult situation. He was adored by everyone who had the honor to meet and know him. He was a great leader in both his personal and professional life. Mike enjoyed watching movies, boating, working, and dreaming big. His wife never knew what adventure he would take her on next. Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church and/or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. Rausch Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Frank Mann, 61

Francis A. “Frank” Mann, age 61, of Chesapeake Beach passed away Monday, May 30, 2011 at his residence in Ocean Pines, MD. He was the beloved husband of 42 years of Elizabeth A. Mann; loving father of Christopher D. Mann, Andrew J. Mann, Jessica S. Mann, and Stephanie E. Mahar; brother of Kathleen O’Brien and Vera Schleeter; grandfather of Nicole Mann and Alexis Mann. He attended Georgetown University where his father taught for many years. He retired from the United Parcel Service. In his retirement, Frank enjoyed spending time with family, kayaking, biking and working on his home. Rausch Funeral Home provided arrangements.

Reggie Nutwell, 85

ty in Edgewater and later with the State of Maryland District Court in Annapolis, retiring in 1992 after 34 years of service. In retirement he continued farming and also helped at his son’s produce stand where he enjoyed greeting and talking with friends and customers. In his leisure time, Reggie enjoyed hunting and fishing, taking cruises with family, socializing with friends and spending time with his grandchildren. Reggie was preceded in death by his parents, “Fennie” and Edna Nutwell, his daughter Marie Nutwell Lindsay, brothers George M., Sr., Carl D. and Ray C. Nutwell, and sisters Emma K. and Edna P. Nutwell. He is survived by his devoted wife Vera Anderson Nutwell, sons Reginald E. “Reggie” Nutwell, Jr. and Carl A. Nutwell, a daughter Jennifer Nutwell Kinstler and husband Ray, and a brother John Bunyan “Bunny” Nutwell, all of Deale. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jessi Nutwell Borden, Rachel E. Nutwell, Tyler L. and Shelby M. Lindsay, Ashley N. and Lauren M. Kinstler, and Sophia M. Nutwell. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements. Memorial contributions and expressions of sympathy in Reggie’s name may be made to Deale Volunteer Fire Department, 6007 Drum Point Road, Deale, MD 20751.

Richard Francis Shane, 77, of North Beach passed away May 26, 2011 at his residence. He was born October 15, 1933 in Emmett, Idaho to Hardie and Frances (Campbell) Shane. He was raised in Emmett and attended public school there. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served for over 27 years as a television equipment technician, retiring September 30, 1978 as a Staff Sergeant. Among his duty stations was Fairchild Air Force Base in Airway Heights, Washington where his daughters were raised. He had lived in North Beach since 1980 and married Stella M. Adams on July 25, 1981. After his retirement from the Air Force, Richard continued his career as a television broadcast technician with the U.S. Information agency in Washington, D.C., retiring in 1993. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Marlboro Lodge 1856 and also of the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach MD. In his leisure time Richard loved camping and travel, and was a fan of the Washington Redskins and NASCAR. Richard is survived by his wife Stella M. Shane; daughters Tracy A. King and husband Jeff of Pittsburgh, PA, Brenda L. Shane and Barbara J. Sparks, both of Spokane, WA, and Sheryl L. Statler and husband Duane of Spokane, WA; sons David E. Adams of Front Royal, VA and Stephen R. Adams and wife Gay of Owings,; a daughter Teresa A. Hunt and husband Timothy of Lusby and son Mark B. Adams and wife Teresa of Front Royal, VA; brothers Edwin Shane of Mission, TX and William Shane of Moscow, ID, and a sister Katherine Reid of McCall, ID; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Rausch Funeral Home provided arrangements.

Reginald Ellsworth “Reggie” Richard Shane, 77 Nutwell, Sr., 85, a lifelong resident of Deale passed away June 6, 2011 at his residence on his family’s historic ancestral farm, “Loch Eden,” where he was born April 27, 1926 to Marion Fennimore Childs and Edna Florence (Sherbert) Nutwell. Reggie attended Tracey’s Elementary School and graduated from Southern High School in Lothian, class of 1943. He served in the US Army in 1945 and upon being discharged he returned to Loch Eden where he farmed, primarily raising tobacco. He married Vera Anderson July 18, 1953 and they lived and raised “For six generations your their family at Loch Eden. family has placed trust in our family’s In additradition of quality service.” tion to being a lifelong farmer, Reggie was Lee Funeral Home Calvert, P.A. Lee Funeral Home, Inc. employed as 6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Rd. 8125 Southern Maryland Blvd. Clinton, MD 20735 Owings, MD 20736 a Constable Phone: 301-868-0900 Phone: 301-855-0888 or 410-257-0888 first with Anne Arundel Coun-

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David Sipe, 58

David Lee Sipe, age 58, of Lothian died suddenly May 30, 2011 at his residence. He was born January 15, 1953 in Prince Frederick to Raymond Lee and Eleanor Mae (Catterton) Sipe. David was raised in southern Anne Arundel County where he attended public schools, graduating from Southern High School in 1971. He was the first 18-year-old to receive a license as a Thoroughbred Horse Trainer, working at the tracks in Upper Marlboro, Bowie and Laurel from 1971- 2006. David attended Cheverly Barber Academy and became a Master Barber, working for 30 years at Town and Country Barber Shop of Bowie. David enjoyed visiting Amish families in St. Mary’s County and horse pulling contests. He loved and enjoyed all animals. Arrangements were provided by Rausch Funeral Home. He was preceded in death by his father Raymond L. Sipe. Surviving are his mother, Eleanor Mae “Foxie” Proper, sister Sissy Beall and her husband Ronnie and a nephew Kenny Beall, all of Lothian.

Edna Thompson, 80

Edna Doreen Thompson, 80, of Brandywine, MD died in Prince Frederick on May 4, 2011. She was born in Washington, DC to the late


Robert and Martha Sisk Walker and attended Grant Elementary School. She was a homemaker who enjoyed bowling, bingo, lawn darts, fishing and visiting Dover Downs. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Roy Thompson; daughters, Robin Campbell and husband Michael of Dunkirk, and Sue Binder and husband George of Upper Marlboro, MD; three grandchildren and one-great-grandchild. Her granddaughter, Rachael Campbell, three brothers and four sisters predeceased her. Funeral services were held on May 10, 2011 at Raymond-Wood Funeral Home, Rev. Robert Hahn of Chesapeake Church officiated. Interment followed at Washington National Cemetery in Suitland, MD. Michael Campbell, William Studds, Jeff Langston, Buster Vroom, Jeff Langston, Jr. and Buster Vroom, Jr. served as pallbearers. Memorial contributions may be made to The Rachael Campbell Scholarship Fund, PO Box 488, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Arrangements provided by Raymond-Wood Funeral Home, Dunkirk.

John Wallace, 71

John Wallace Jr., otherwise known as “Puddin”, “Beep”, and Uncle “Puddin” to many, was born on May 20, 1940, to the late John Henry Wallace, Sr., and the late Mary Beatrice Mackall Wallace. His spirit departed from his body on May 21, 2011, after a lengthy illness. He was educated in the schools of Calvert County. After he graduated, he started his life as an assistant deputy in Calvert Co. and also working as a truck driver for various trucking companies such as Reliable Construction, Inc., of Crofton, Chaney’s of Waldorf, and K & K Adams, Baltimore, just to name a few. He worked for the city of Baltimore until he could no longer. He was loved by many and was well known for saying such as

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“ain’t my fault.” He loved to hang out with his friends and listen to “oldies but goodies.” He also loved to listen to gospel music; his favorite hymn was “I’m Standing at The Crossroads” by Tommy Ellison, and “Sending Up My Timbers” by the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi. He was baptized at an early age and definitely loved the Lord. He prayed the prayer of salvation in the early stages of his illness; and while hospitalized, he repented and gave his life back to the God. He was at peace. He was very courageous and put up a brave fight; blessed, indeed, to have gotten that chance. He was preceded in death by three sisters: Bertina Chew, Ella Beatrice Wallace, and Mary King; one brother, Stephen Wallace; and one daughter, Maria Smith. He leaves to cherish his memories nine children: Marvin Wallace, Baltimore; Myrna Wallace, Shrewsbury, PA; Rev. Maxine Thomas (Rev. Troy), Lexington, KY; Malcolm Wallace, Baltimore; Melvin Stewart, Port Republic; Paula Williams (Alan), Connecticut; Buffie Wallace, Hagerstown, MD; Myra Wallace McCloud (Mickey), Upper Marlboro; and John Wallace, Jr. (Jeanine), Fort Washington. He is also survived by three sisters: Margaret Giles (Melvin), Sunderland; Evangelist Dottie Stewart (Stanley), Crofton, MD; and, Karen Wallace, Annapolis; four brothers: Arthur Pratt (Alva); Lusby; Ray Wallace (LaTrese), Lusby, MD; Jay Wallace, Baltimore; and Kelvin Wallace, Greenbelt. Rev. Lowell Thomas (adopted brother); and eleven grandchildren: Mya; Michelle; Tricia; Traci; Trina; Michael; Kirk; Vena; Danielle; Raina; and DeMyra. He also leaves a host of nieces and nephews. Arrangements were provided by Sewell Funeral Home. His final resting place is Holland Cemetery on Stinnett Road in Huntingtown.

Thomas Edelen Webb, 67, of Chesapeake Beach, MD passed away May 31, 2011 at his residence. Mr. Webb was born August 30, 1943 in Virginia to Thomas Hamilton and Attawa Edelen (Middleton) Webb. He was raised in Friendship and attended Southern High School in Lothian. He was employed as a concrete and dump truck driver for Howlin Concrete, retiring in 2005 after 21 years of service. He married Jacqueline Lee Jones October 29, 1983 and they lived in North Beach and Chesapeake Beach for the past 28 years. He was a member of the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He was a fan of the Washington Redskins and in his leisure time enjoyed country music, especially Willie Nelson, watching television, country drives, watching the Chesapeake Bay and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Jacqueline L. “Jackie” Webb, sons T. Michael Webb and Franklin Mark Bergstrom, both of North Beach, Greg Bergstrom and wife Rose of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, daughters Linda C. Pierce of Seaford, DE Patricia L. Cutlip of St. Augustine, FL and Jeannette Oliver and husband Ace Acero of Chesapeake Beach. He is also survived by grandchildren Ginger, Tommy, Donny, Dwayne, Tricia, Kristi, Nicki and Michael, and by 14 great-grandchildren. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings provided arrangements. Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 86, North Beach, MD 20714.

Wesner. He was raised in District Heights and North Beach and was a 1979 graduate of Northern High School. Bill was employed by Chesapeake Care Pharmacy in Chesapeake Beach for the past 17 years. He attended North Beach Union Church and was a proud member of the North Beach Group for the past 3 years. Bill enjoyed fishing and crabbing and was an avid Washington Redskins fan. He is survived by his mother Pat Miller of North Beach; his wife Sandy Shimp of Dunkirk; daughters Krystal Hyde and her husband Danny of Huntingtown, and Gretchen Thomasson and her husband Forrest of FL: sons William H. Wesner, Jr. of New Jersey and Tim Wesner of Lusby; grandchildren Jayden Wesner and Alexis Hyde; sisters Shirley Wesner of North Beach, Debbie Gingell and her husband Bill of Wachprague, VA, Mary Willis and her husband JR of Chesapeake Beach and Ellen Larrimore and her husband Steve of Prince Frederick, MD; and by a brother George Miller of North Beach. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and friends, and his beloved pets T Bone and Keke. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements. Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the North Beach Group, 4882 Ridge Road, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732.

James Wills, 76

Bill Wesner, 50

Thomas Webb, 67

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William Harrison “Bill” Wesner, Sr., age 50, of Dunkirk died suddenly June 9, 2011 at Calvert Memorial Hospital. Bill was born August 31, 1960 in Washington, DC to William Harrison and Patricia (Whelan)

James H. Wills, Sr. was born February 3, 1935 and passed away May 24, 2011. Visitation and funeral services were held at Bethel Way of the Cross Church, 5445 Cherry Hill Road in Huntingtown. His final resting place is Ernestine Jones Cemetery, 3000 Dalrymple Road in Chesapeake Beach. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick handled arrangements.

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Brandon Greening, Sr. 1972-2011 From his website,

Brandon Greening, 38 Brandon Glen Greening, Sr., 38, of St. Leonard passed away at home with his wife and three sons by his side. He joined the Lord on May 29, 2011, after a long battle with Breast Cancer. Brandon was born in Richmond, VA on November 10, 1972. He was raised in Bowie and attended Dematha Catholic High School. He worked for UPS for 20 years. After living in Prince George’s County and Anne Arundel County for most of his life, he moved his family to Calvert County in 2003, where he continued coaching his children in their sports. He was involved with the Huntingtown Hornets, before settling in with the Prince Frederick Eagles, where he finished out his “career” coaching “boys club” ball. His 120-lb football team went undefeated this past season and won the county championship. He was planning on helping out with the Calvert High School Football program this summer and fall. Prior to moving to Calvert County, he was a coach for the Crofton Cardinals where he began to make his impact on the youth. His passions were God, family and football. He loved his wife and three boys dearly. Spending time with them, especially on the field, is what he desired more than anything. The rare occasions he wasn’t coaching his boys, he was on the sidelines or in the bleachers cheering them on. He had a sincere passion for coaching the youth. When he wasn’t consumed by his coaching duties, he was an avid outdoorsman; enjoyed fishing, hunting, going to the beach, hanging out with friends. Other than the football field and church, his two other favorites places he loved to spend time with his family were Idaho and Virginia Beach. He loved his Mach 1 Mustang, always keeping it in mint condition. He loved spending time at church, whether in worship, fellowship or cutting the lawn. His church family played a huge role in his life. In 2007, after being diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer, he added another passion to his list: educating men, women and children about early detection. He started a foundation: The Brandon Greening Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness (he just received non-profit status) and started a website: He spoke at events, luncheons, and dinners to educate others, and participated in the Relay for Life and Calvert Memorial Hospital Breast Cancer 5k Challenge, just to name a few. He would participate or speak whenever he was asked. To get his message out was so important to him. “Our sacrifice will one day save lives,” is what he would always say. He is preceded in death by two grandfathers and a niece, Eugene Edward Greening, Glenn James Van Sickle Sr. and Madison Haskett. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Connie Greening, three sons, Matthew and Dakota both of St. Leonard and Brandon Jr. (BJ) of Towson. He is also survived by his father Glen Greening (Saint Leonard, MD), mother Eloisa Riojas Greening (Pearsall, TX), four brothers, Rex Greening (North Carolina), Ryan Greening , Elliot Greening , Wesley Greening (all residing in Texas) and one sister Sarah Greening (Columbia, MD). He had many, many friends and was admired by the young men that he coached. The family received friends at the Church by the Chesapeake in Port Republic where services were also held. Rausch Funeral Home provided arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted by Church by the Chesapeake on behalf of the Greening Family, who will use these funds to offset funeral and medical expenses.

My name is Brandon Greening Sr. and I have breast cancer. I think the first time I heard that, I was in disbelief. I did not know it was even possible for men to get breast cancer. I was 35 years old and in otherwise great health. I have a wife and three boys and I have worked for UPS for 20 years. I also spend my free time coaching football. In September of 2007 I noticed a bump on my right nipple. I thought it was a pimple or an ingrown hair. In October, after it started hurting, I went to get it checked out. My family doctor examined the bump and said I should not be concerned, but he decided to send me to a specialist just in case. The specialist examined me and came to the same conclusion, but he wanted to do some imaging tests and possibly a biopsy to make sure. I asked for a biopsy ASAP. Luckily he had the rest of the afternoon free and was able to do it in his office that day. After an agonizing week and three days, I received a phone call at 10:30 p.m. Sunday night. I knew as soon as I saw my doctor’s name on the caller ID that he wouldn’t be calling that late on Sunday with good news. I was right. He told me that the lump was malignant. One week later I had a mastectomy. During the surgery the surgeon also removed a number of lymph nodes and many were positive for cancer. It was everything I could do to digest this new bad news. Little did I know the bad news was going to get worse. I had a PET scan done and again I got a call on a Sunday with more bad news. The cancer had already spread to my spine, liver, and hip. After he said those words the room started spinning and I don't think I heard anything after that. Eventually, I handed the phone to my wife and she finished talking to the doctor. I very seldom show emotion, but we both did a lot of crying that night. The only thing I could think of is how much I was going to miss. Graduations, marriages, and grandchildren that I would never see. Everything that was important to me was being ripped apart. I had a very angry talk with God. I was a good person. What the heck did I do to deserve this? It took me a couple of days to get myself together and get the negative thoughts out of my system. Then I had a turning point. My pastor, Rick Barrick, gave me a book called "Christ the Healer." It helped give me a different perspective on my life and my illness. I decided to renew my faith in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I gave my life to Christ. Through him, all things are possible! I knew he still had a plan for me, and I decided to trust in his plan no matter what it was. I also decided that I would not allow my cancer to take over my life. I wanted to set an example for my kids.

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No matter what life throws at you, don't ever give up. You need to remember all that you have been blessed with in your life, and give the glory to God for those things. I believe that I was put in this situation for a reason. Maybe it was to help my family and others find their faith in difficult situations. My Oncologist started me on a very aggressive chemo regimen immediately. Within two months, I showed incredible progress. The cancer was almost gone. I continued with my chemo regimen for another two months. I was then told I could take a break. I also resumed my work schedule as a UPS driver. Things seemed to be returning to normal and three months went by with no problems. Then, I hurt my back at work lifting a 90 lb box. I got an MRI for the injury to my back. The results showed that I had a herniated disk, and that my cancer was back, in all the same areas as before. I knew that it was a possibility, but I was not expecting it to come back that soon. I had a different attitude this time around though. Even though the news was discouraging, my faith in Jesus Christ gave me the strength to continue to fight. I again went on an aggressive chemo regimen for four months and didn't have great results in my bones, but my liver was cleared. I was then put on an oral form of chemo called Xeloda. After three months my bone mets showed some improvement. After three more months, the cancer was almost gone again with just a small spot left on my spine. Within the last two months the cancer has come back again. Again, it is in all the same spots, except, for the first time, I now have brain mets. I then had a very nasty bout with bi-lateral PCP pneumonia. Doctors didn't know if I was going to make it out of the hospital, but I did! God wasn't done with me yet. It has been three years since I started getting chemo treatments. It is January of 2011 and I just started a clinical trial with the drug TDM-1. I am going to pour my energy into starting this foundation and website. I really want to help get more information on male breast cancer out to the public, to raise awareness that men can get breast cancer, too. We are in this together. Let’s combine all of our resources to beat this terrible disease! One thing I have learned through all of this is that if you put your faith in Christ, anything is possible. It may not turn out the way you want it to, but you will be rewarded either in this life or on the other side of glory. John 3:16 God Bless! Brandon Greening Sr.

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Principal Miller Retires Dr. Sylvia Lawson Next in Line By Jenny Boyles “It’s funny how little things change your life,” muses George Miller, current principal of Northern High School. As this school year eases down to a close, so does the career of Mr. Miller as an educator in Calvert County. Those little things that changed his life began with his father’s insistence on young George submitting an application to a college. He complied and sent one application away. Frostburg State accepted him, and there he began as a math major. Not wanting to spend his working days sitting at a desk, he switched to Health and Physical Education. After student teaching in Garrett County, he moved to Calvert County and has continued in our public schools for the last 37 years, as a teacher, coach and administrator. The next big change came 21 years ago when it was suggested that he pursue a position in administration. Mr. Miller became the vice-principal at Calvert High, then the principal at Plum Point Middle before taking

Principal Miller at this year’s graduation ceremony for Seniors at Northern High School in Owings.

his current position as principal at Northern High School. Finally, he says that he heard that when it’s time to retire, you will just know that it’s time. This year he realized that it was his time. “I’m 60 and in good health. I want to enjoy these years,” Miller explains. After decades of days that begin at 6:00 a.m. and often end well beyond 6:00 p.m., it’s no wonder that he’s ready for a change.

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“We have more similarities than differences,” claims retiring Principal George Miller in regards to Dr. Sylvia Lawson, incoming principal of Northern High School. Though Mr. Miller was speaking of philosophies on education and leadership, the backgrounds of these two principals are strikingly similar as well. Both began as physical education teachers and coaches. Dr. Lawson has coached softball, volleyball and basketball while teaching health, sociology, and psychology in addition to physical education. Dr. Lawson came to Maryland after being raised in North Carolina and beginning her teaching career in South Carolina. She earned her doctorate from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She taught many years and began her administrative career in Charles County. For the last four years, Calvert County has known Dr. Lawson as the principal of Southern Middle School. She says she has enjoyed it because, “The students and parental support are phenomenal. The faculty and staff are professional and dedicated. It’s an excellent group of teachers and support staff.” She says that she has heard that Northern High has a similar reputation for strong students, staff and community support. She is looking forward to many aspects of her new position, including, “Getting to know the teachers and staff at Northern and long nights watching athletic events.” About Mr. Miller, she says, “I have the highest respect for him. He brings this positive energy that I hope to replicate.” Dr. Lawson and her husband of 28 years have two children, one in college and one in high school. Mr. Miller and Dr. Lawson have been meeting to foster a seamless transition, and she has also been receiving the daily NHS news email Mr. Miller shares with his staff. Dr. Lawson this spring also found time to attend NHS events as a step toward her new role in the school and community.

After several months of rest and relaxation, including crabbing, fishing, water skiing, and golf, Mr. Miller says that he knows he’ll take on something part-time. “But not in education, something entrepreneurial. I want to work with my hands. In education, we very seldom see the end product of our efforts. I want to make something that I can see through from start to finish.” Miller comes from a long line of tradesmen who built homes in Annapolis. When reflecting on the community, Mr. Miller says, “There are good schools ev- Dr. Sylvia Lawson, incoming Principal of Northern High School with retiring erywhere. Even in the Principal George Miller. districts with great challenges, there are pockets of good schools. But there’s noth- munity. Northern offers an opportunity for ing else out there that is like it is here. The students seeking opportunity. On the other community is tremendous. The support that hand, those who come ready to succumb to peer pressure can do that, too. parents give to the schools is tremendous.” Remembering that little things do He also credits Northern’s success to a change your life, it’s ironic to realize that Mr. staff that enjoys a sense of pride and strength Miller’s decision to change his major in order as a group. Miller’s own children attended Calvert to avoid a career at a desk, has led him directschools and have gone on to become educa- ly back to a position behind a desk. However, tors. Upon retirement, Mr. Miller will un- as principal, instead of primarily remaining doubtedly have more time to spend with his in his office, Mr. Miller was more often seen amongst the staff, students and community four grandchildren. Mr. Miller admits that the only down- of his school. It’s with bittersweet gratitude that the fall of his decision to become an administracommunity bids George Miller adieu. After tor is that it took him farther away from the students. “It’s hard to develop that personal so many years of enriching our children, he relationship when you’re not in the class- now begins years devoted to his own enrichroom.” With so many students, Miller com- ment. Enjoy retirement, Principal Miller. pared a high school to a city. About the Author: Jenny Boyles is a mother, reading He says that although nothing is perfect teacher and Girl Scout leader. She lives in North Beach and there is always room for improvement, with her fiancé and their four children and serves on the the school has been a reflection of the com- town’s Historic Preservation Commission.

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Huntingtown Heron-otics Lego Robotics Club By Jenny Boyles

When we think of a school’s robotics team, we think of robots made from zillions of tiny LEGO bits and pieces. However, the children at Huntingtown Elementary School have made a further association. They think robots and …herps. “Herps?” you ask. Yes, herps. Herpetofaunas, the scientific name for what we laypersons call reptiles and amphibians. Still confused? The brochure created by the HES Lego Robotics Club explains, “As part of the 2011 Lego Robotics challenge, we studied a transportation issue. We chose the travel of reptiles and amphibians within the Huntingtown school district and the dangers they face in moving from place to place…Reptiles and amphibians are important parts of the ecosystem. They are on a worldwide decline.” The school’s team partnered with

Chespax and Andy Brown from Calvert County’s Department of Natural Resources to ensure that this year’s efforts helped local herps. Besides winning “Best Overall” at the competition, they have found success and satisfaction in other ways. They have now posted two signs in the area of the school warning motorists to slow down on the roads that wind through the local wetlands. Under the leadership of Lisa Grenis, a Learning Specialist at HES, and several parents, the team has researched the effects of development on animal populations. “I never realized how many animals got run over a day. I thought it was only once in a while,” remarked Brian Holt, a 5th grade Heron-otic at HES. In fact, over one million vertebrates are killed each day by motorists across the United State. The school’s team decided to produce a brochure and signage encouraging local drivers to be cautious of the herp population. They have also joined

Saturday, June 25: North Beach Free Summer Concert - Bluegrass Night: Starts at 5:00 p.m. with Joe Norris; 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. ‘The Seldom Scene.” Seats are $20. At the North Beach Bandstand on the boardwalk, Bay Avenue between 3rd and 5th Streets.

Movies on Main Street will feature a live concert performance by Rockfish from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Then, the movie “Star Wars” will be shown under the stars in the heart of Prince Frederick. Just bring something to sit on to the lot across from the County Courthouse at Duke and Main Streets. Hamburgers, hotdogs, soda, water and even candy are provided. Everyone is welcome and everything is free. Tuesday, June 28 – Friday, July 1: Summer Camp at Garrett Music Academy. Metal Guitar Camp for ages 9-15. $149.00. Call (410) 286-5505 for details.

an effort to track herp populations across Maryland. They work with their partners from Chespax, Tom Harten and Michelle Daubon, and DNR to record nighttime noises and then identify the species or subspecies from the sounds that were made. Using a “frog logger”, the students record the sounds and report the data to the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (MARA) Project. This five-year study is in year two of its efforts to document amphibian and reptile distributions in Maryland. The team’s third through fifth graders internalized the importance of their project this year. Not only did they build the required robot for the competition and participate in the teamwork challenge, they went above and beyond by conducting a research project that led to a sustainable project for the school. They plan to continue posting signs and getting the word out that, as drivers, we have a responsibility to the environment to watch out for animals on the roads. The easiest way to do this is to slow down. At this spring’s Lego Robotics competition at Huntingtown High School, the enthusiastic HES students were supported by their parent sponsors, Debbie Holt, Kathy Frankle and Ken Miller. The team also celebrated with their staff sponsor, Mrs. Grenis, when HES Heron-otics was announced as the overall winner of the competition. They had not only competed against other elementary schools, but middle schools as well. While many of the other robotics clubs called it a year after the competition, the Heron-otics continue to post signs and listen to the night sounds of our local wetlands. We can support their efforts by increasing our awareness as drivers. Also, the public’s support is needed with the MARA project tracking herps in the state. For more information, please contact

Friday, July 1: Calvert Marine Museum presents the 257th Army Band in Concert. 6:30 p.m. on the Outdoor Stage at the museum in Solomons. Friday, July 5: Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7: The College of Southern Maryland’s Twilight Performances Chautauqua Series, LaPlata Campus. Opening musical acts at 6:45 p.m. For more information: (301) 934-7828. Monday, July 4: Old Fashioned 4th of July with a free performance of the Bay Winds Band at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, A Waterman’s Home, owned and operated by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, 418 East West Shady Side Rd. Shady Side, MD.

The concert follows the 4th of July parade. Call (410) 867-4486 for more information. Weekly Events: Every Wednesday: Bluegrass Jam at Happy Harbor Restaurant, 533 Deale Road, in Deale. Get ready for some old-time picking and grinning. You’re welcome whether you come to play or just to listen and enjoy. The Bluegrass Jam starts at 7:00 p.m. Every Thursday Night: Family-Friendly Karaoke all summer, beginning June 16 at Heavenly Chicken and Ribs, Dunkirk Gateway Shopping Center, 10812 Town Center Blvd., Dunkirk. Come show your talent by playing, singing and/or doing karaoke! The fun starts at 7:00 p.m. and goes to 11:00 p.m. Every Friday Night: Open Mic at the North Beach Farmers’ Market at 7th Street and Bay Avenue. Hosted by Deanna Dove. Begins at 6:00 p.m. Another Open Mic begins at 7:00 p.m. every Friday night at Heavenly Chicken and Ribs, 10812 Town Center Blvd., Dunkirk. As Gary Armstrong says, “We supply the microphone and amp - you supply the talent! Call ahead and reserve your time in the spotlight!” (410) 286-9660.

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The Humane Society of Calvert County (HSCC) will be hosting “Pirates of the HSCC”, starring Cap’n. Jack Russell. This adoption event and open house is part of the Society’s continuing efforts toward achieving their mission of placing animals into caring, responsible homes. “Pirates of the HSCC” will be held at the HSCC Fishing Creek Kennel, located at 2210 Dalrymple Road in Sunderland, MD, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. both days.

Midsummer Night’s Eve Hike: Sunday, June 19, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711. Celebrate the June Solstice and get a preview of summer at the Sanctuary on a hike around the Glendening Preserve on the longest day of the year. This would make a great Father’s Day present! For adults and children age 10 and over. Be prepared to hike four miles at a brisk pace. Meet at the Wetlands Center. Free.

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In the Student Art Gallery at CalvART Gallery: The Art of the Students of Heather Smith, Huntingtown High School. Open Wednesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CalvART Gallery is located in the Prince Frederick Shopping Center, MD Rts. 4 and Rt. 231, in Prince Frederick.

Garden Club Meeting and Butterfly Walk: Begins at 8:00 a.m. Native plant enthusiasts, invasive plant removers, and students needing service learning hours are encouraged to attend. Enjoy a scenic farm setting while helping tend to, and learn about, our beneficial gardens. Bring work gloves, lunch or a snack, a refillable water bottle, hat and sunscreen, and clothes and shoes that can get dirty. All ages welcome. Drop-ins welcome.

Friday, June 17 Campfire on the Beach @ 7:00 p.m. Come to the beach for a campfire while roasting marshmallows and telling children’s stories. 5th Street & Bay Avenue on the Boardwalk, North Beach.

Saturday, June 18 2nd Annual Tri-Forces Triathlon & Wellness Fair: At the North Beach pier at 8916 Chesapeake Beach Avenue, North Beach, MD 20714 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event benefits service members, veterans and their families. To become a sponsor, participate or contribute, visit their web site at or email Chesapeake Beach Oyster Cultivation Society: Meeting from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the Town Hall to discuss the town’s project to place oyster cultivation cages under the new Railway Trail boardwalk along Fishing Creek. Everyone’s invited to come and learn more! Stream Blitz: At the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711. Volunteers are needed to help with a day of monitoring and exploring the streams that flow through the Sanctuary. Some teams will measure physical and chemical features, and others will sample for plants and animals. Call (410) 741-9330 to sign up. For adults and children over age 10. Come for a whole or half day. Wear comfortable walking shoes that can get wet and dirty, long sleeves and pants are recommended, and bring a bagged lunch. Free.

Sunday, June 19 Father’s Day Breakfast: Honor Dad on his special day with a delicious breakfast which includes all the trimmings, including waffles with strawberries and cream, sausage, scrapple, bacon, scrambled eggs, home fries, biscuits, chipped beef and fresh fruit,, and door prizes for him. Hosted by the American Legion 206 Auxiliary from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Main Hall in Chesapeake Beach on Route 260. Adults $12; kids 6-12 $6; kids under age six are free. For information call (301) 855-6466. Father’s Day Car, Truck & Bike Show: At Dunkirk Baptist Church, 11275 Southern Maryland Blvd. (Route 4), Dunkirk, MD 20754. Registration (free) from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon on Sunday, June 19, and is open to classics, muscle cars, hot rods and imports. Winners in several different categories will receive trophies. An outdoor church service begins at 11:00 a.m. and the car, truck and bike show runs from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Free food, refreshments, door prizes and music. Great family fun, plus activities for kids; no alcohol or pets please. For information, call

Butterfly Walk: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Following the Garden Club work, stay for a leisurely stroll through the Butterfly Garden and BayScape habitats to identify the butterflies and other important pollinators hard at work in our gardens. All ages welcome. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. FREE!

Wednesday, June 22 Poet’s Corner: at Calvert Library in Prince Frederick; 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Join other poets for discussion, editing and support!

Thursday, June 23 7th Annual Caitlin Classic at Twin Shields Golf Club in Dunkirk in memory of Huntingtown elementary student Caitlin Hurrey, who died in an auto accident at age 9. This year, she would have been 25. Honorary Host and Master of Ceremonies is weatherman and Huntingtown resident Doug Hill of WJLA, ABC 7. For more information call (410) 257-7005. Proceeds benefit the Caitlin Merie Hurrey Scholarship Fund at MENC (National Association for Music Education).

Saturday, June 25 “The Last Fandango in Wonderland” Main Street Gallery’s Closing Gala featuring Susan Stockman Jewelry Trunk Show. 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. The Main Street Gallery in Prince Frederick is open thru July. Reptile and Amphibian Investigations for Teens: Saturday, June 25, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711. Discover the diversity of reptiles and amphibians (herps) at Jug Bay. We will spend a day conducting a mini Herp Survey. Teens will help collect and identify aquatic turtles using an underwater hoop trap; conduct an aquatic pond survey; and much more. Email for more info: Movies on Main Street from 8:00 p.m. until ? “Star Wars” is this free movie under the stars in the heart of Prince Frederick. Just bring something to sit on to the lot across from the County Courthouse at Duke and Main Streets. Hamburgers, hotdogs, soda, water and even candy are provided. Live music by Rockfish begins at 8:00 and the move starts at 9:00. Everyone is welcome and everything is free.

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Garden Club: The monthly 4th Tuesday meeting of the South Arundel County Garden Club will meet be June 28, 7:30pm, at Friendship United Methodist Church. Call (410) 257-7133 for more info.

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